Kroger names new Michigan division president

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Kroger names new Michigan division president

By Michael Johnsen - 09/05/2017

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Tuesday announced the retirement of Michigan division president Jayne Homco, and the promotion of Scott Hays to succeed her. Hays currently serves as VP operations for the company's Fry's division.

Homco will retire from the company after 42 years of distinguished service, effective Sept. 30. Hays succeeds Homco as president of the Michigan division, effective Oct. 1.

"In her more than 40 years with Kroger, Jayne has touched the lives of countless customers and associates, and her dedication to the community – especially her work with feeding the hungry, education and women's health – has been an example to us all," stated Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "We are grateful for Jayne's many contributions over the years and wish her and her family the best in retirement," he said.

"Scott has been a tremendous asset to Kroger since coming on board earlier this year," McMullen added. "His dedicated leadership is best exemplified by his passion for supporting our associates and customers."

Hays joined Kroger in April 2017 in his current role. He came to Kroger from Albertson's, where he began his grocery career in 1983 as a grocery clerk in Provo, Utah. He was promoted to a store director and then held positions of increasing responsibility throughout Albertson's footprint, including district manager, area VP and division VP leading the company's San Antonio division. He played an integral role in the development of the Texas and Louisiana markets for Albertson's. He also served as VP operations for Jewel Osco in the Chicagoland market and most recently was the division president for Albertson's Dallas-Fort Worth market.